PL 92-500 to Cost Metal Finishing Industry $45 Billion

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Assoc. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 9, Pg. 84-85

Document Type: Feature article


The 1972 amendments to the Water Pollution Control Act will have far their greatest impact on the metal finishing industry. To meet the 1983 requirement of best available technology is estimated to cost this industry alone $31 billion. Mandated controls will, consultants estimate, double costs of metal finishing as a result, some smaller firms will probably fold, the larger ones tend to remain because they can better afford the costs of pollution control. This staff-written article highlights EPA-funded analyses into the economic and engineering implications.

Subject Headings: Industrial wastes | Industries | Water pollution | Consulting services | Economic factors

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